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Making the Right Connections With Local Food

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 7:29 PM

Here's something to chew on: In 2010, Illinois' 76,000 farmers generated $16 billion in economic output, securing the state's position as one of the most productive growing regions in the world.

What if we could do even more?

Traditionally, Illinois has shipped much of what it grows out of the...

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The Business of Local Foods

(11) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 1:11 PM

This week I was at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago to talk about the business of local food. The conversation focused on how USDA and other federal agencies can work together with the private sector to harness the economic potential of local food across the Midwest. Joining me were...

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